Too Many Tourists Don’t Realise That This Happens Right After the ‘Running of the Bulls’

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This new video, showing the grisly death that awaits the bulls who run through Pamplona’s cobbled streets at the annual San Fermín festival, is designed to open tourists’ eyes to the carnage they could be supporting in Spain.

The video was created by grassroots Spanish group Torture Is Not Culture, sponsored by Animal Guardians and supported by Europe’s largest animal-protection groups, including PETA, Humane Society International, CAS International and the European offices of World Animal Protection as well as by the International Anti-Bullfighting Network, which unites 110 animal-protection organisations around the world.

As shown in the video, each bull who is made to participate in a fight is repeatedly speared and stabbed before the matador attempts to sever the exhausted animal’s spine with a dagger. Sometimes, the bull drowns in his own blood before the dagger comes into play. Other times, he’s still alive as his broken, bleeding body is dragged out of the arena and left to await slaughter.

Many of the foreigners who go to Pamplona to run with the bulls every year have no idea about this cruelty. If they did, many of them would probably run the other way.

And yet tourism is one of the main reasons why barbaric bullfighting still occurs. As Marta from Torture Is Not Culture, the creator of the video, says:

Putting an end to animal torture in Spain is not only a matter for Spaniards. … 81 per cent of Spaniards don’t support bullfighting, so it really is a dying industry.

Help more people learn the truth about the Running of the Bulls by sharing this video and encouraging everyone you know to avoid this cruel event.


  • CONNIE calderon commented on June 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm


    • Victoria Barlow commented on June 19, 2016 at 2:38 am

      I have just watched this horrific video and I could not believe what I was watching. This made me feel very upset and angry that this sort of thing can still happen in this day and age.

      I would like this brutal sport to be abolished as soon as possible and to educate people not to attend such an event.

      • Muriel Servaege commented on July 6, 2016 at 10:38 pm

        I agree with you, Victoria. I’ve been to Spain but I’ve never
        attended a bullfight, which I found too barbaric and cruel.

  • Patricia Garley commented on June 17, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Vile disgusting horrific on every level

  • shyma commented on June 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Breaks my heart that people are capable of this sort of cruelty…. must be stopped.

  • Garry Napier commented on June 17, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Animals don’t deserve this!! We need to speak out on there before!! Sickening.

  • Lesley Blissett commented on June 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Where is the petition?

  • Anne-Mari Gavin commented on June 18, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Luke 6:31
    Do to others as you would have them do to you.
    God created all the animals (Psalm 104). All animals belong to God (Psalm 50:10). God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.

    “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? Says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. WHEN YOU COME TO APPEAR BEFORE ME, WHO ASKED THIS FROM YOUR HAND?”

  • Ann Atkins commented on June 18, 2016 at 10:46 am

    This barbaric behaviour MUST be stopped NOW!!! Do unto others and that include animals!!!

  • Mak Mercer commented on June 18, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Horrendous! Yet if you could quantify cruelty in say, hours of animal suffering, it would be totally insignificant compared with what we allow in halal slaughter houses all the time.

  • Julie commented on June 18, 2016 at 11:41 am

    What sort of human being wants to watch such cruelty… This is disgusting!!! This could not be allowed to happen. These poor animals so upsetting

  • J White commented on June 18, 2016 at 11:48 am

    If one cannot ban this abysmal cruelty, how can one stop the vile behaviour spreading amongst people today? Its seems a licence to kill, whenever.

  • Elizabeth commented on June 18, 2016 at 11:51 am

    This cruel barbaric and should be banned now ,if the visitors enjoy watching the poor bull being stabbed to death then am sorry to say they truly have no emotional feelings what’s so ever no creature should have to die for the pure pleasure to me that’s obviously what they see pleasure ,BAN BAN BAN BANBP. BAN BAN BAN tourists should stop encouraging this evil so called attraction

  • john commented on June 18, 2016 at 11:52 am


  • Ralph commented on June 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Disgusting to the highest level,stop this evil

  • Ralph commented on June 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Disgusting brutality

  • Arie van Kruiselbergen commented on June 18, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    When oh when is this obscene spectacle going to end. We live in the 21st century not in the dark ages.

  • Louise Adams commented on June 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Barbarism at its worst.

  • Sasha commented on June 18, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    The Bull belongs in the field
    he is a large animal he should not be running for his life being ABUSED
    wake up everyone

  • Annica Isa Eriksson commented on June 18, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I say NO to all animal cruelty!!!!

  • Richard commented on June 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Sickening and inexcusable.

  • Judith Raijmann-Groos commented on June 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Realy sick this “amusement”, how in heavens name can people watch it and apparently enjoy the unbelievable suffering and disrespectful treatment of these bulls. It turns my stomach.

  • Jill Mudge commented on June 18, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Word fail me as to this horrific completely unnecessary brutality….

  • Sheila Merry commented on June 18, 2016 at 2:47 pm


  • Mands commented on June 18, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Dysfunctional human disposition!!!

  • ak commented on June 18, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Just cried at this barbaric murder..again vile humans doing what we do best..kill anything that moves

  • Carol Boardman commented on June 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Only Sick minded humans would enjoy this VILE spectacle. We are a total disgrace our actions shame us.

  • Randy vitto commented on June 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    How about we just leave animals alone

  • Wendy Salmon commented on June 18, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Unbelievable brutality. What type of person could honestly enjoy watching this? Stop this NOW.

  • Gerald Davies commented on June 18, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I have written to the Spanish government on a number of occasions and all my letters have been ignored. I will not holiday in Spain until this barbaric spectacle is banned

  • Stephen Murphy commented on June 18, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    A stain on a nation.

  • K. Jackson commented on June 18, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    HORRENDOUS, SAVAGE BRUTALITY!! Anyone that wants to watch this treatment of an animal must be DEPRAVED!! Boycott Spain!!

  • sam green commented on June 18, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Its more than barbaric , please stop this.There is no need for it . Why should animals suffer.There is enough convicts that they can do this to .USE THEM INSTEAD .

  • Catherine smith commented on June 18, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    This is cruelty not culture and must be sopped.

  • A Kinsey commented on June 18, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    It should be banned NOW. !

  • lola Lion Cachet commented on June 19, 2016 at 6:11 am

    How can anybody consider this a sport?

  • Julie Cordina commented on June 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm


  • Julie Cordina commented on June 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm


  • Diane Armstrong commented on June 19, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Disgusting Barbaric people who engage in this type of animal cruelty. What a sad case for these poor helpless, and defenseless animals. Something has to be done against those people who do harm to these animals. Hopefully, The Law Enforcement Officials will punish those people and give them a stiff fine. I hope so.

  • Lesley Harvey commented on June 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Only barbaric people do this kind of thing, it’s time the world put a stop to it NOW

  • Conchita commented on June 19, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Being Spanish I am “disgusted” that this torture and barbaric treatment of such a majestic creature is considered an emblem of my country. Ashamed is too small a word. So many Spaniards are against this you would not believe, even those who have been raised with this don’t really know all the ins and out. LA VERGÜENZA ESPAÑOLA. NO MAS TOROS DE NINGÚN TIPO, NO MAS TOROS EN NINGUNA FIESTA, NO MÁS TOROS NUNCA MÁS. NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jenny fry commented on June 20, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Stop this unbearable pain and existence for animals that don’t have any choice to what’s happening to them but you the people do

    • Sophia Howerton commented on June 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Totally with you! This needs to be stopped and we need to keep pushing so this comes to an end. Maybe use as bulls the ignorant idiots who perform and/or watch this massacre!

  • Janet Stiles commented on June 20, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Come on Spain you’re supposed to be a civilised country. The continuation of such cruelty proves you are not and you are letting down those Spanish citizens who are.

  • J.Mitchell commented on June 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Terrible, horrific, disgusting, sick, sick, sick!!! Sickens me to the pit of my stomach and to the depth of my soul, to find out how dark and totally EVIL some people are, and that these demons are inhabiting this world amongst us. This leaves me shocked beyond measure!!!

  • LydiaJust Boerio commented on June 21, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Cruel and inhumane. I don’the know who would find pleasure in this blood sport. It sickens me. Please stop this unnecessary waste of our living creatures.

  • Angel moser commented on June 21, 2016 at 1:17 am

    It’s so horrific and sad for these docile , sentient , gentle by nature , innocent beings are tortuted and killed .Their lives end cowering in pure terror , tortured , scared , in excruciating pain with idiots actually cheering .. How is this justified .. It’s embarrassing and disgusting for Spain to hide behind Trafition as they murder these innocent souls .. They are Gods creatures and deserve to be treated with gentle hands and kind voices . Shame on Spain .. Shame on you !!!!

  • peter commented on July 5, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Sick sick sick
    People please direct your comments to Spanish government / tourism / social media / TripAdvisor pages etc that promote this torture. Flood them with disgust

  • Suzanne House commented on July 5, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I was at a bullfight in 1953 when I was 7 yrs old. It was horrifying. My older sister & I were appalled & cried while the men behind us were laughing. Who laughs at torture & death? How sick is that? I suppose they would laugh at someone being beaten up, too. Bullfighting is cruel & inhumane. It is all about the glory for the matador. Just think of how much more glory these matadors would receive if they helped feed & cloth the poor? Dug a well where people have to travel miles for clean water? Rescued & housed abused animals or children? What a waste of their lives! Stop this cruel run & stop senseless bullfights. Do something that matters & makes change in the world for good

  • Martin Birch commented on July 6, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Este es un acto de acto cruel, brutal e innecesaria llamada de entretenimiento. Debe parar en nombre de la decencia con respeto.

    This is an act of cruel, brutal and unnecessary act called entertainment. You must stop in the name of decency with respect.

  • Varun Adlakha commented on July 6, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    i don’t find any enjoyment while coming blood from beautiful animals ,
    who made these stupid festival wanna beat him first , plz save our animal world , love them they return love ……..

  • Andrea Baker commented on July 6, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    This is NOT a culture thing. This does NOT make you brave. It does NOT make you a hero. It does N Op T make you strong and powerful. And it surely does NOT earn you respect and admiration.

    It DOES prove you are weak. It DOES prove you are a coward. It DOES prove you are misguided and have a low self esteem. And it surely DOES prove you have no heart, soul nor decency.

    This is not an act of culture. Just like hanging puppies and torturing cattle isn’t culture. Hate, violence and lack of empathy is not a culture thing. This is a damaged mind thing .

  • Carol Boardman commented on July 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I find it very had to imagine just how anyone with any self respect or integrity could even wish to be involved with this Vile horrific act. In the name of humanity stop this once and for all THESE POOR BULLS DONT DESERVE THIS. IF YOU WANT TO DO THIS PICK A HUMAN ONE THAT THINKS THIS SICK SPECTACLE FUN SEE HOW THEY GET ON.

  • Sasha kemble commented on July 17, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Violence cannot be justified !!!
    the Bull abuse is sending out a bad message to the world ” that its ok to
    abuse an animal ” violence should not be
    tolerated anywhere !!!

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